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The Dark -- In mourning over the tragic drowning of their daughter Sarah (Stuckey), James (Bean) and Ad�le (Bello) are visited by Ebrill (Stone), a young girl who claims she died 60 years ago ... and bares a startling resemblance to Sarah.

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Simon Maginn (novel)
Stephen Massicotte (screenplay)
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One of the living for one of the dead.
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In mourning over the tragic drowning of their daughter Sarah, James and Adèle are visited by Ebrill, a young girl who claims she died 60 years ago ... and bares a startling resemblance to Sarah. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Stock scare horror for the first half, then a somewhat confused but clever psychological horror the second half. See more (107 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Maria Bello ... Adèlle

Sean Bean ... James

Maurice Roëves ... Dafydd
Sophie Stuckey ... Sarah
Abigail Stone ... Ebril
Richard Elfyn ... Rowan
Casper Harvey ... Young Dafydd
Eluned Jones ... Doctor
Gwenyth Petty ... Librarian
Robin Griffith ... Police Inspector
Mike Keggen ... Rib Skipper
Tonya Smith ... Main Stumblehead Martyr
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Luke Kearney ... Stumblehead jumper (uncredited)

Directed by
John Fawcett 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Simon Maginn (novel "Sheep")

Stephen Massicotte (screenplay)

Produced by
Paul W.S. Anderson .... producer
Jeremy Bolt .... producer
Steve Christian .... executive producer
Robert How .... co-producer
Robert Kulzer .... executive producer
Paul Tamasy .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Edmund Butt 
 
Cinematography by
Christian Sebaldt (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Chris Gill 
 
Casting by
Robyn Ray 
Suzanne Smith  (as Suzanne M. Smith)
 
Production Design by
Eve Stewart 
 
Art Direction by
Andrew Grant (supervising art director)
Ed Walsh 
 
Costume Design by
Ffion Elinor 
 
Makeup Department
Erin Ayanian .... makeup artist: Ms. Bello
Zoe Brown .... hair stylist: dailies
Richard Glass .... contact lens optician
Sue Ignatius .... chief makeup artist
Sarah Monzani .... hair designer
Sarah Monzani .... makeup designer
Liz Phillips .... makeup trainee
Jemma Scott-Knox-Gore .... contact lens technician
Maralyn Sherman .... prosthetic makeup artist
Simon Thompson .... chief hair stylist
Christine Whitney .... hair stylist: dailies
Christine Whitney .... makeup artist: dailies
 
Production Management
Candice Fonseca .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hana Backland .... assistant director: crowd (as Hannah Backland)
Oscar Beuselinck .... second assistant director
Simon Downes .... second assistant director
Lucy Egerton .... third assistant director (as Lucinda Egerton)
Mark Egerton .... first assistant director
Henry Forsyth .... third assistant director: second unit
Grant Harvey .... second unit director
Andrew McEwan .... second assistant director: second unit (as Andrew McKewan)
Steve Newton .... first assistant director: second unit
Richard Onions .... assistant director: crowd
Nickie Sault .... second assistant director
James Truelove .... assistant director: crowd
 
Art Department
Mark Adams .... scenic painter: dailies
Mark Agbaba .... scenic painter
Nurey Al-Kahzrajie .... art department trainee
Steve Allaway .... carpenter: dailies
Stanley Apperley .... plasterer (as Stan Apperley)
Ron Bead .... stagehand: dailies
Marc Beros .... scenic painter (as Mark Beros)
Lee Biggs .... chargehand carpenter
Roy Biggs .... stagehand: dailies
Dennis Bovington .... carpenter: dailies (as Dennis Bovingdon)
Dave Bowman .... carpenter: dailies
Alan Briant .... prop storeman
Peter Brown .... carpenter: dailies
Temple Clark .... storyboard artist
Gary Davies .... stagehand
Jamie Davies-Evans .... scenic painter
Philippe Delestre .... scenic painter: dailies (as Phillipe Delestre)
Gary Evans .... stagehand
James Fennessy .... scenic painter: dailies (as Jim Fennessy)
Juan Fernandez .... carpenter: dailies
Andrew Forrest .... stand-by props (as Andy Forrest)
Mary Gibbs .... art department trainee
Andy Good .... carpenter: dailies
Claire Grainger .... prop buyer
Richard Grant .... scenic painter: dailies
Les Hall .... carpenter
Kate Halsall .... trainee prop buyer (as Kate Elizaberth Halsall)
Darren Hayward .... chargehand carpenter
Gary Hedges .... carpenter: dailies
Kenny Hill .... stagehand: dailies
Nick Holmes .... scenic painter: dailies
Mike Houseman .... construction manager
Geoff Hubbard .... carpenter: dailies (as Martin Hubbard)
Mark Kinrade .... stagehand: dailies
Nigel Kirk .... scenic painter: dailies
Rowanna Lacey .... assistant art director
Terry Law .... carpenter
William Lawlor .... carpenter (as William Lawler)
Shay Leonard .... stand-by props
Jo Littlejohn .... assistant prop buyer
Kevin Lloyd .... stagehand: dailies
Anthony Lyle .... stagehand: dailies
John Malham .... scenic painter: dailies
Dan Maslen .... storyboard artist
Leon McCarthy .... stand-by carpenter
Matthew McDonnell .... art department trainee
Dave McGill .... stagehand: dailies
Nathan Middleton .... scenic painter: dailies
Richard Miller .... stagehand: dailies
Richard Mills .... property master
Stephen Morris .... plasterer
Mark Overall .... carpenter
Justin Overhill .... stand-by painter
Neil 'Dulux' Palfreman .... carpenter (as Neil Palfreman)
Robert Parks .... carpenter: dailies
Jo Riddell .... art department assistant
Lester Rowbotham .... stand-by carpenter (as Lester Rowbottom)
Guy Rutter .... chargehand painter
Don Santos .... dressing props
Russell Sargent .... carpenter: dailies (as Russ Sargent)
Dave Stachini .... stagehand: dailies
Tony Statham .... signs painter
Paul Stewart .... carpenter: dailies
Sam Stokes .... stand-by art director
Graham Thomas .... carpenter
Andrew Tombs .... plasterer (as Andy Tombs)
William Treend .... carpenter: dailies
Gareth Weames .... carpenter: dailies
Frazer Williamson .... carpenter: dailies (as Frasier Williamson)
Mark Williamson .... carpenter: dailies
Andrew Wilson .... dressing props
Bradley Woodbridge .... scenic painter: dailies
Colin Woodbridge .... carpenter: dailies
Leslie Wylie .... carpenter: dailies (as Les Wylie)
 
Sound Department
Stuart Bagshaw .... additional foley recordist
Howard Bargroff .... sound re-recording mixer
Courtney Bishop .... adr recordist
Owen Bleasdale .... additional foley editor
Richard Conway .... sound facility manager
Matthew Desorgher .... boom operator
Dan Green .... dialogue editor
Tirso Guinon .... theatre assistant mixer
Miha Jaramaz .... theatre assistant mixer
Dan Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer
Melissa Lake .... foley artist
Ben Meechan .... sound effects editor
Zak Melemendjian .... adr recordist (as Peter Melemendjian)
Michael Miller .... adr recordist
Bernard O'Reilly .... sound effects editor
Joseph Paines .... sound trainee
Jeremy Price .... senior sound supervisor
Simon Price .... supervising dialogue editor
Jess Richards .... sound trainee (as Jessica Richards)
John Rodda .... production sound mixer
Lionel Selwyn .... foley artist
Matthew Skelding .... adr recordist
Barnaby Smyth .... foley supervisor
Andrew Stirk .... adr recordist
Graeme Stoten .... adr recordist
Jason Swanscott .... foley artist
David Turner .... sound technical manager (as Dave Turner)
Lauren Ana Walker .... dialogue editor (as Lauren Walker)
William F. MacPherson .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Timothy Pearson .... foley artist (uncredited)
James Perry .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Noel Vought .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
David Harris .... special effects supervisor
Graham Hills .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Carolyn Matini .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Peter Bach .... head of production: Clear
Andy Burrow .... scanning and recording manager: Framestore CFC
Melissa Butler Adams .... lead digital compositor: Clear (as Melissa Butler-Adams)
James Clarke .... scanning and recording: Framestore CFC
Joe Cleave .... systems development: Framestore CFC
Paul Doogan .... scanning and recording: Framestore CFC
Chris Eborn .... visual effects technical operator: Clear
James D. Etherington .... lead digital compositor: Clear (as James Etherington)
Adam Gascoyne .... visual effects supervisor: Clear
Joe Godfrey .... scanning and recording: Framestore CFC
Dianne Gordon .... data operator: Framestore CFC
Charlie Habanananda .... data operator: Framestore CFC
John Harvey .... cg supervisor
Aeon Henderson .... digital compositor: Clear
Simon Hughes .... digital film supervisor: Clear
Simon Hughes .... senior lead digital compositor: Clear
Jack James .... digital cleanup artist: Framestore CFC
Jayson King .... 3D animator: Clear
Kevin Lowery .... scanning and recording: Framestore CFC
Grant McKean .... digital compositor: Clear
Maria Michalopoulou .... data operator: Framestore CFC
Stuart Nippard .... data operator: Framestore CFC
Dan Perry .... scanning and recording: Framestore CFC
Laura Ricketts .... visual effects line producer: Clear
Jeremy Sawyer .... compositor: Framestore CFC
Adam Seeley .... 3D animator: Clear
Matina Skouteri .... scanning and recording: Framestore CFC
Marcus Wood .... digital compositor: Clear
David J. Zimmerman .... data manager: Clear (as David Zimmerman)
Alistair Hamer .... film mastering engineer (uncredited)
Adam Hawkes .... digital clean-up (uncredited)
Jan Hogevold .... production executive: Framestore CFC (uncredited)
Ryan Knowles .... digital film recordist (uncredited)
Paola Varvaro .... digital cleanup artist (uncredited)
Stephen Willey .... systems engineer (uncredited)
Annabel Wright .... digital cleanup (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Gary Connery .... stunt performer (as Garry Connery)
Kali Connery .... stunt performer
Ruth Jenkins .... stunt performer
Kim McGarrity .... stunt performer
Gareth Milne .... stunt coordinator
Ray Nicholls .... stunt performer
Wally Crowder .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Levan Doran .... water stunts (uncredited)
Luke Kearney .... water stunts (uncredited)
Peter Pedrero .... water stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eva Arnold .... camera assistant
Inderpreet Bahia .... camera trainee
Howard Baker .... camera operator: second unit
Dave Baylis .... stand-by rigger (as Dave Bayliss)
Harry Bowers .... focus puller: dailies
James Bradshaw .... electrician
Phil Brookes .... gaffer
Chris Clarke .... clapper loader
Ginger Colin .... crane grip
Benjamin Croce .... clapper loader: dailies (as Bengy Croce)
Steve Cussell .... electrician (as Steve Cussel)
Mark Day .... electrician
Charlie Dillion .... stand-by rigger (as Charlie Dillon)
John Donoghue .... rigging gaffer
Charlie England .... clapper loader: dailies
Dai Evans .... grip trainee: FT2 (as David Evans)
Bill Geddes .... grip: dailies
Sam Goldie .... focus puller: dailies
Tom Guy .... electrician: underwater, second unit
Tom Harding .... camera operator: second unit
Justin Heath .... rigger
Dermot Hickey .... focus puller
George Hobbs .... rigger
J.P. Judge .... electrician: dailies (as Jon Paul Judge)
Joe Judge .... best boy
Giles Keyte .... still photographer
John Lockwood .... electrician
Paul McGeachan .... electrician
Mark Milsome .... camera operator: second unit
Lenny O'Brien .... electrician: second unit (as Lenny O'Brian)
David Odd .... camera operator: second unit
Jay Jay Odedra .... focus puller: dailies (as Jay Odedra)
Jim Philpott .... grip: dailies
Barney Piercy .... focus puller: dailies
Bernie Prentice .... electrician: underwater, second unit
Ben Pritchard .... focus puller: dailies (as Benjamin Pritchard)
Mark Richards .... rigger
William Richards .... rigger (as Biull Richards)
Derrick Ritchie .... electrician: second unit
Kevin Roberts .... electrician: dailies
Howard Roe .... electrician: dailies
Chris Samworth .... clapper loader: dailies
Colin Simkiss .... electrician: dailies
Ron Skinner .... rigger
Sam Smith .... clapper loader: dailies
Niall Smyth .... electrician: second unit (as Nial Smyth)
Anthony Swaby .... camera trainee
Alex Tate .... grip
Ian Townsend .... crane technician
Andrew Trewartha .... clapper loader: dailies
Gerry Vasbenter .... Steadicam operator
Gerry Vasbenter .... camera operator "a" camera
Robert Walton .... electrician: dailies
Simon Ward .... crane grip
Dennis Watson .... rigger
Dave Wells .... grip trainee: FT2 (as David Wells)
Glen Whorrall .... camera trainee
Mark Wolf .... underwater camera operator: second unit
Danny Young .... electrician: dailies
Adam Cowan .... camera loader (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... adr voice casting
Thomas L. Carter .... casting assistant (as Tom Carter)
Brendan Donnison .... adr voice casting
Bev Lawley .... extras casting
Belinda Blight .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maxine Brown .... costumer: dailies
Vikki Illing .... costumer: dailies (as Vicky Illing)
Leigh Nicol .... costume supervisor
Nicola Rodd .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Marcus Alexander .... digital intermediate producer: Framestore CFC
Anna Bolt .... post-production coordinator
Kerry Downing .... digital lab editor: Framestore CFC
Emanuele Giraldo .... assistant editor
Steve Harrow .... post-production manager: Steeple Post Production Services
Adam Inglis .... colorist: Framestore CFC
Eddy Kolkiewicz .... negative cutter: Reel Skill Film Cutting (as Eddie Kolkiewicz)
Mike Morrison .... digital grading assistant: Framestore CFC
Andrew Robinson .... negative cutter: Reel Skill Film Cutting
Richard Rowntree .... assistant to post-production manager: Steeple Post Production Services
 
Music Department
Geoff Alexander .... conductor
Geoff Alexander .... orchestrator
Edmund Butt .... music score producer
Liz Gallacher .... music supervisor
Allan Jenkins .... music editor
Peter Manning .... orchestra leader
Rosie Perry .... assistant to music supervisor
Mike Ross-Trevor .... score recordist (as Mike Ross Trevor)
Kirsty Whalley .... music editor
Toby Wood .... music scoring mixer
Mikael Carlsson .... executive soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Dashiell Rae .... temp music (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Gerard Baldwin .... driver: stand-by props
Vince Bartlett .... driver: props
Wayne Burkett .... driver: makeup
Maurice Campbell .... unit driver
John Coleman .... unit driver
Matt Evans .... driver: camera (as Mat Evans)
John Hauge .... unit driver
Gary Hudson .... driver: costume
Mat Hudson .... driver: generator and 3-way
Alyson Illingworth .... unit driver
Mike Keeble .... unit driver
Karen Moran .... unit driver
Paul Newman .... unit driver
Graham Pearson .... unit driver
Stephen Quick .... transportation captain: Isle of Man
Richard Thomas .... driver: bus
Kevin Veness .... driver: grip
Micky Webb .... driver: special effects (as Mickey Webb)
Alan Rogers .... minivan driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Tack Baldwin .... head of safety (as Tack R. Baldwin)
Johnny Bamford .... location manager: Devon
Oliver Barron .... production runner (as Ollie Barron)
Dan Bell .... safety
Alexander Berner .... creative consultant
Eddie Booth .... location manager: Isle of Man
Belinda Braghittoni .... safety
Nick Cain .... representative: Isle of Man Film
Robin Craine .... production assistant
Sarah Crompton .... assistant: W.S. Anderson
Matt Curtis .... title designer
Andrew Gwyn Davies .... assistant production coordinator (as Andrew Gwyn-Davies)
Jules De Barsham .... location manager
Jules De Barsham .... location scout
Rob Deacon .... unit publicist: Premier PR
Alex Downie .... representative: Isle of Man Film
Hilary Dugdale .... representative: Isle of Man Film
Katie Elson .... location assistant: Isle of Man
Andrew Fingret .... legal advisor: Cains Advocates, Isle of Man Film
Karen Fryer .... continuity trainee
Phil Gates .... location manager: Isle of Man
Rory Gilmartin .... script editor
Hannah Godwin .... assistant production coordinator
Judy Goldberg .... assistant: Jeremy Bolt
Charlie Goodson .... safety
Jacky Holding .... assistant accountant (as Jacky Holding)
Chris Ingram .... set runner
James Ingram .... assistant: Sean Bean
Non Jones .... accounting assistant
Roger Kendall .... health and safety advisor
Claire L. Kenny .... assistant accountant (as Claire Kenny)
Rowan Laidlaw .... assistant to director
Emma Lightbody .... representative: Gasworks Media Limited
Sirish Malde .... production auditor: Malde & Co.
Lisa Marsden .... insurance: Media/Professional Insurance
Sarada McDermott .... production coordinator
Marsha Metz .... business and legal affairs
Richard Miller .... unit nurse
Charles Moore .... production counsel: Wiggin & Co
Della Moore .... production accountant
Martin Moszkowicz .... management representative: Constantin Film
P.J. Mountford .... production runner
Clive Noakes .... laboratory contact: DeLuxe London
Jeremy Pelzer .... studio director ealing studios
Elisabeth Pinto .... production assistant
Ian Pollington .... location manager: London
Helen Revington .... unit nurse
Julia Rounce .... base runner
Richard Rowntree .... library material researcher
Lara Sargent .... post-production accountant
Johannes Schlichting .... assistant: Robert Kulzer
Dorothy Sewell .... unit nurse
Natalie Sharpe .... production runner
Leonard Singer .... representative: Isle of Man Film
Kate Smith .... assistant to director
Kate Smith .... personnel assistant
Peter Smith .... assistant location manager: Isle of Man
Tonya Smith .... acting coach: Ms. Stone
Anne Marie Speed .... dialogue coach: Ms. Stuckey (as Anne-Marie Speed)
Elizabeth Tremblay .... script supervisor
Jane Trower .... first assistant accountant
Doug Vale .... unit nurse
Thomas Walters .... production assistant (as Tom Walters)
Judith Windsor .... dialogue coach: Ms. Stuckey
Henry Woolley .... location manager: London
Kathryn Donovan .... electronic press kit (uncredited)
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond company representative (uncredited)
 

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Rated R for some violent/disturbing images and language
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93 min | Philippines:92 min (cut)
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The concept of "Annwn" (Annwyn) is not made up especially for the film or the book on which it was based. "Annwn" is an underworld or other world found in Welsh legend, a land of the dead. It is said to lay far in the west and could be accessed by the living through a door located at the mouth of the Severn once a year. Surviving from pre-Christian Celtic mythology, it's neither Heaven nor Hell in the Christian sense, humans can enter spiritually or corporeally. This is the first film about Annwn.See more »

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68 out of 85 people found the following review useful.
Stock scare horror for the first half, then a somewhat confused but clever psychological horror the second half., 30 August 2005
Author: Richard Brunton from Edinburgh, Scotland

Sean Bean is such a lost talent, he's a great actor and never seems to be given a decent or lead role. Even in Lord of the Rings he was cast as the turncoat. So I was excited to hear that he was the lead man in this movie, although not the lead it was a good step. Plus it was a British film and a horror. These things all combined to make me think that this was a movie to see.

Both Bean and Maria Bello are very convincing in the movie. Bean plays the straight up man who is confused by the happenings around him and just wants to make the family happy again, he plays a super convincing Father. Bello gives a great performance as she is called upon to be a trying mother, confused, insane, panicked and totally distraught. Not that much of a range really! The interplay between these two actors is very good, and when Bean has scenes with the daughter, he's just superb.

Something that becomes quite annoying through the first half of the movie are the deliberate scare tactics used by the Director, they are exceedingly formulaic and you know when they are coming and even when the shock comes. Still, all credit to them, you still leap out of your chair even knowing when a scare is coming. The formula is pretty constant through the first half, slow music, a long single scene, slow movement and no action, usually in the darkness, then a few fast cuts together accompanied by a loud sound and a raise in the music tempo, and there you have the scare. During the screening people were leaping like mad! After a while following this formula the film does turn around on itself and become something different. It's here that it becomes a lot more psychological and indeed, clever. There was a big feeling in this half of Event Horizon, particularly the flashbacks to being strapped in the chair, fast, multiple cuts of horror.

However during the latter half it also becomes confusing and very weird, yet I wish the whole movie had been like this. It could have abandoned its standard scare tactics and concentrated on the plot in the latter half, and this would have provided for a much more psychologically scary movie.

There's a particular moment near the end of the movie when a door closes in front of the lead, and your emotions are totally with the character at this point. Confusion for a few seconds and then a slow building understanding. It's a very good moment.

Still, however clever the entire ending is, I still felt it lacked clarity and subtlety. Dropping the scare formula of the first half would have brought a much better movie, and getting rid of the premise of scary sheep would have helped too. Perhaps it's a British thing, but sheep are not in the least bit scary, in fact coming from a Northern Scottish town sheep are considered far from scary. It just seemed to be a plot device that was struggling not to be absurd.

That said, you'll still leap, you'll still be scared, and when the film finishes you'll still like the conclusion.

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